PERPIGNAN MÉDITERRANÉE, a French destination bordering the Mediterranean, is located less than 2 hours from Toulouse and Barcelona. Imagine a place where the art of living, gastronomy and French craftsmanship would mix with Catalan culture, its traditions and its values of generosity, sharing, and conviviality. It is this unique double identity that Perpignan Méditerranée, the only Franco-Catalan Creative Tourism destination in the world, invites you to discover.
Enjoy our offers of creative tourism experiences for a true immersion in a surprising region. To stroll around the Perpignan Mediterranean area is to cross a territory of infinite richness. Be they the city side, the landside or the seaside, our artisans, winemakers, farmers, breeders, artists, and traders will share their know-how for micro-adventures full of exchange, learning, and innovation.
PERPIGNAN MEDITERRANEAN also offers throughout the year, internationally renowned events that mix genres, arts, and traditions, that invite to discover its culture, such as:
· The Sanch Procession at Easter
· The Fise Xperience (BMX, rollerblading, skateboarding, scooter, wakeboarding…) in May
· Saint-Jean fires in June
· The Electrobeach Music Festival in July
· VISA for the Image, international photojournalism festival in September
To inspire you, here is a nice sample of creative activities through which you will immerse yourself in the daily life of its warm inhabitants and passionate professionals.
10 EXCELLENT REASONS TO EXPERIENCE CREATIVE TOURISM IN PERPIGNAN MEDITERRANEE:
1 – STROLLING AROUND PERPIGNAN MEDITERRANEE REGION
Innovate! Bring color and emotion to your journey! Walk from the city to the sea through the interior of the country and discover all the diversity of original creative offers on the perimeter of our radiant destination.
2 – FRENCH TREASURES OF CATALONIA
Perpignan Méditerranée is the only destination in the world that enjoys a dual identity, both Catalan and French, this is a richness that makes us strong and attractive and that is found in the Catalan art of living that we invite you to try. Heritage, arts, wines, and gastronomy are to be savored from both traditional and innovative angles!
3 – TASTE THE WINES OF ROUSSILLON
20000 hectares of vineyards, 3 wine routes, a diversity of wine growing terroirs and grape varieties, and as many activities around the wines of Roussillon. The men and women of the terroir will make you taste and appreciate them during experiences in the heart of their estates and vineyards.
4 – LIVE OUR TRADITIONS
Immerse yourself in our culture and traditions: Dance the Sardana, climb to the top of a Castell (human pyramids), live the Passion of the Procession de la Sanch and take part in our Catalan festivities that animate the destination all year round.
5 – ADMIRE THE DIVERSITY OF THE TERRITORY AND VARY THE PLEASURES
In a few minutes, you will go from a wild and preserved beach, to the top of a rocky peak or in the heart of centuries-old vineyards, just as you can find yourself at the foot of exceptional monuments. Each of these places will give you the opportunity to create and to live unique experiences.
6 – BROWSE PROTECTED NATURAL SPACES
Ponds, lakes, beaches, dunes … the destination is full of nuggets where biodiversity flourishes while respecting nature. An exceptional fauna and flora develop there, you will have the chance to enjoy it during your stay.
7 – INTRODUCING FRENCH AND CATALAN GASTRONOMY
Another richness of our dual identity! It is embodied in our cuisine whose recipes are bursting with flavors all Mediterranean but also know how to give pride of place to the classics of French gastronomy. Our terroir makes up one of the most generous gardens from which the best fresh products come. The ideal breeding ground for curious cookers
8 – INSPIRED BY LOCAL ART
Picasso, Dali, Maillol, Jean Lurçat… The greatest artists have passed through Perpignan Méditerranée, leaving a few treasures here and there. From painting to mosaic through sculpture, from Gothic to contemporary art, you are in a land of artists who will inspire you, now it’s your turn!
9 – CREATE WITH OUR LOCAL ARTISANS, PRODUCERS AND FARMERS
Catalans at heart or adopted, our partners will make you discover their arts and techniques. They will share with you all their secrets during privileged moments which will allow you to be initiated, to exchange, and to immerse yourself in the Catalan cultural DNA. Decorate a ceramic object, pick fresh plants and herbs to cook or transform them, and discover how to make a Perpignan Garnet jewel or a Catalan knife …
10 – TRAVEL IN TIME
Since prehistoric times with the Tautavel man, passing through Antiquity (Ruscino -600 years), the Middle Ages (Master of Cabestany, Kingdom of Majorca, ..) and contemporary times (Exile – Camp Rivesaltes Memorial …), Our destination is a rich land of history and itineraries which will propel you to the heart of legendary universes and eras.